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Why is Ruben Tejada still playing regularly?

By Danny Abriano

When Wilmer Flores was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas after the Mets designated Omar Quintanilla for assignment, reports indicated that Flores was up to get a substantial look at shortstop in place of Ruben Tejada.

May 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) bats against the New York Yankees during a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Flores started at shortstop on May 9 and May 10, right after he was promoted, and went 2 for 8 with a walk.

Shortly after, Flores got sick (with the virus that has been passing through the clubhouse) and needed a few days off.

According to Flores, he has been fine to play since May 14, but has appeared in just one of the five games since.

Ruben Tejada had a few good games over the last few weeks, and had been playing solid defense until making a few bad plays against the Nationals on Sunday.

For the most part, Ruben Tejada has been abysmal.

However, on May 17, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Tejada has been playing well and that he will get the majority of the playing time.

In the month of May, Tejada is hitting .125/.239/.175. Overall, Tejada is hitting .185/.302/.222.

Since re-taking his job from Flores, Tejada has gone 1 for 13.

There are three things here that are puzzling.

The first, is that Tejada is still playing regularly.

The second, is that Wilmer Flores, who was called up to play shortstop, is doing anything but.

The third, is that Terry Collins thinks a player who has a triple slash of .125/.239/.175 is playing well.

As has been noted many times, the Mets will very likely have to find a new shortstop externally. In the meantime, Wilmer Flores should be getting the extended look he was called up to get.

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